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Ford Explorer Transmission Questions



  • bradleykbradleyk Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 ford explorer with 110,000 miles on it. I have had no problems with it until the other day. I pulled into the store, got my stuff and came back out, backed out of the parking spot, put the truck in drive and the engine stopped. I started it back up and again put it in drive and the engine quit again. I started it back up and tried reverse. It worked fine, I tried drive and the engine shut off again. I put it in neutral and pushed it forward, it rolls forward just fine, but when I put it drive the tranny seems to bind up, as if its in two gears at the same time and the engine dies. I tried swithing to 4 wheel high and low with the same result, something seems to bind and the engine dies. Tranny fluid is full and looks clean. I had a filter and new fluid put in several thousand miles ago.
    Any suggestions?
  • hi i have a 1999 mountaineer 4r70 5.0l awd i need to know which fiting on trans the top or bottom goes to the top radiator fiting ty
  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    2 ways to find out :
    #1 disconnect the top line on the radiator, have someone start and shut off the motor while you watch.... or
    #2 wait till tomorrow and ill tell you from the chart exactly which is which
    posted 10:49 pm my time
  • kegerkeger Posts: 1
    Hi i have a 99 ford Explorer 2wd as i was backing up into my driveway it felt as if someone had rear ended me, and could not go reverse anymore? Is this caused by transmission failure? if so what would be my best bet, rebuilt, new, used? Sell truck? Please help!! Thanks!!
  • superx1superx1 Posts: 1
    A week ago speedometer started jumping around to different speeds. Now my speedo reads about 40 when i go 65. Overdrive light blinks on and off and sometimes there is a late shift at lower speeds. Its a 97 Explorer 6 cyl 2door. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • i am noticing slight slippage in the tranny, but only from take-off...there is a slight pause which to me feels like its slipping, and the other day I noticed a slight "clunking" sound as it "paused". I went to check the transmission fluid and to my surprise there is no dipstick to check the fluid, I called the local Ford dealership and I was informed that Ford didnt equip it with a dipstick and that if I want to have the fluid checked I have to take it to them, so tomorrow I get the luxury of paying about fifty bucks just to have the fluid level checked and filled if needed. But between now and then, does anyone know what causes the "slip" or "pause" that i speak of?? I would love to hear anyone elses similar story.
  • rickp11okrickp11ok Posts: 1
    Has anyone found a way to check and fill the transmission outside of dealership involvement?
  • Take it from me, you may want to spend the money and take it to the dealership. I have a 2005 Ford Explorer that had 43,000 miles on it when the O/D light came on and the Check Transmission warning light. It was a Friday evening in traffic of course and I called a Ford dealership. They did not have a transmission tech on site on a Saturday so I took it to an independent transmission shop. My car was slipping from 1st to 3rd gear. Could not happen at a worse time because I was in the process of moving and starting a new job, so I let this shop do the work. The mechanic assured me it was nothing that I did and my transmission failed due to a faulty part. He gave me my old parts back and even wrote a letter and said he would speak with their rep to explain the problem. He said I should not have this type of transmission failure at 43,000 miles. Cost me over $2,200 for a reconditioned one. I have contacted and spoke with 2 customer service reps at Ford Motors and both say they can't do anything because I did not take it to a Ford dealership. If you are having slip or pause problems, take it to the dealership to be on the safe side just in case you end up with a major problem due to their faulty parts.
  • shufedshufed Posts: 2
    I was driving my car everything was fine I did not hear any wierd noises the trans wasnt slipping or anything and i came to a complete stop I tried to go again and my car won't move it won't move in reverse or drive I tried four wheel drive I have tried everything If I get it up to about 4rpm it will slowly roll, I took it into the shop and they want to charge me all kinds of money just wanted to check and see if anybody new what it could possible be Thanks Stephanie
  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    normally if the trans doesnt move backward or forward its a torque converter failure but if it will move 1 or the other way its inside the trans
  • shufedshufed Posts: 2
    Ok thanks I do not have anyone to tell me if this trans place is trying to screw me they are telling me that they have to take it all apart and it will cost me about 1600 is the torque converter that expensive or that hard to replace?
  • cl3cl3 Posts: 3
    Don't know what this is about, but at least half the time I shift (automatic transmission) into reverse, it slams. Any ideas?

    2005 V6
    48000 miles

  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    common problem with this trans (5R55W) servo bores wear out and the solenoid blk needs to be replaced
  • mshillmshill Posts: 3
    I'm having a very similar problem with a 2000 two-wheel drive, and I've been told it's the solenoid pack in the the tune of $700. I'm not sure about that, and I was wondering if you've been able to determine the problem with yours.

    If so, I can be reached directly at

    mike hill
  • cl3cl3 Posts: 3
    OK, thanks. There goes more dollars into this thing.
  • I have a 2001 explorer eddy bauer edition with a v8 all wheel drive. Oil seems to be leaking from the transmission to the transfer case. Any idea what could be the problem?
  • I have a 99 with the 5.0 L engine, 89K miles. Trans has been serviced and problem free. The last 10K I've noticed a slight "slip" when in OD and accelerating between ~ 40 to 55 mph, just below what is required to downshift. Anyone have this problem or ideas on cause? I'm thinking I'll just keep it out of OD unless I'm on the highway. Is this a sign of a major problem?
    I bought this truck new, and overall the truck has been very reliable, but I'm wondering if it is time to sell it.
  • I purchased an 08 Ford Explorer XLT V6 2WD with 22,000 miles that appeared to be in excellent condition. At approximately 25, 000 miles it picked up a transmission whine. The dealer's service told me it was normal. Unsatisfied, I contacted Ford Customer Relations. After several communications with them they consulted with the dealer and concurred with the dealer's findings. I find it hard to believe this noise is normal. Does anyone have any comments or suggestions on what is causing this whine, is it an indication of further problems, and what needs to be done to get rid of it?
  • I have a 2005 Ford Explorer XLT and had to replace the transmission at 43,000 miles. I got no resolution from Ford's Customer Relations department. I spoke to about 3 different representatives and not so much as a token oil change. If you need to get a second opinion, do so while you still have warranty on your Explorer. The O/D light and "Check Transmission" warning came on. I had no idea my vehicle was shifting from 1st to 3rd gear. I did not notice any prior problems until the warning light.
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